The Justice Department released the affidavit, covered by omissions, which led to the sensational search of Donald Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago, with the seizure of classified documents. CNN reports it. It was ordered by Florida judge Bruce Reinhart in a lawsuit in which Trump himself and the main US media are asking for the document to be made public.
In an attached note, the Justice Department explains why the affidavit must remain covered by omissis. “The information contained in the affidavit could be used to identify many, if not all, witnesses,” it reads. “If the identity of the witnesses is revealed, they could be subject to harm including retaliation, intimidation or harassment and even threats to their physical safety,” the text continues.
According to the affidavit, 14 of the 15 cases recovered earlier this year contained classified papers (for a total of 184 documents) and 25 documents were top secret.